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Posted June 6, 2008

Engineering V: the digging began

Waterloo - A groundbreaking ceremony for the new $55-million Engineering V building and launch of the faculty of engineering's $120 million fundraising campaign was held yesterday at University of Waterloo.

The six-storey building will feature glass walls, a designated green roof area and native landscaping. An enclosed pedestrian bridge will connect the building to the existing engineering complex.

Engineering V, the first of a two-phase building, will house a student design centre on its first two levels. The centre will showcase award-winning student engineering projects, such as the solar and hydrogen fuel cell cars.

"The heart of this building, one of the largest on campus, will be the new design centre for our outstanding student projects," says Adel Sedra, dean of the faculty of engineering. "We intend to make this the best undergraduate design facility in the world."

The upper four floors of the 176,000-square-foot building will provide much-needed office and teaching space in the faculty. The department of mechanical and mechatronics engineering will be located on the third floor; the fourth and fifth floors will accommodate the department of electrical and computer engineering. The department of systems design engineering will take up the sixth floor.

At its north end, the building will also contain an electromagnetic radiation laboratory, featuring an anechoic chamber. The chamber, a shielded room designed to attenuate radio frequency and microwaves, will be used for research in wireless communications.

The Engineering V building is part of a major $120 million expansion fundraising initiative for the faculty, called Vision 2010 Campaign.

"Waterloo engineering has an ambitious goal and a solid plan to get there," says campaign chair Fred Grigsby, senior vice-president and chief information officer, CN Rail. "I am pleased to lead the fundraising campaign to help Waterloo engineering earn a place among the top engineering schools in North America."

The fundraising goal for new construction, alone, will total $61.5 million. These funds will support plans for the largest expansion in the faculty of engineering's 50-year history — adding more than 400,000 square feet to existing space. Enhanced graduate scholarships and new research chairs account for the remainder of the $120 million goal.

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